Spiritual Life

from around the Archdiocese

Heaven can be in your heart
In my last column, we began looking at the Catechism’s teaching on the Our Father. We continue today by examining the phrase “who art in heaven.” What does it mean… Read More
Our balm for 2020: the communion of saints
Paula Kraus wasn’t afraid to utter the wish burning on her heart, the one that seizes so many preparing to lose a loved one. The Minnesota mom yearned for some… Read More
What we do in this world must be directed to the next
There’s an old saying about focusing so much on the trees that one loses sight of the forest. I remember learning this lesson many years ago as a seminarian during… Read More
In praying the Our Father, we are united to Jesus
In our study of the Catechism on “Christian Prayer,” we have come to the end of Section One. Section Two contains an exposition of the Our Father. But before speaking… Read More
Who is Jesus?
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Jesus asks his closest friends this very important question. He wants to know how the crowds are receiving and understanding… Read More
Perservering in prayer
St. Paul wrote, “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” (Rom 12:12). As we saw in my last column, God does not always answer our prayers, at least… Read More
Why does the sower waste so much seed?
This Sunday’s parable of the sower and the seed begs the question: Why does this fellow waste so much seed? He recklessly throws seed by handfuls on the path, among… Read More
Why doesn’t God always answer our prayers?
We’ve been discussing the Catechism’s teaching on personal prayer, most recently the objections to and difficulties people have in prayer. In today’s column, we consider why so many prayers seem… Read More
Pursuing holiness is the way to age gracefully
BY DENISE BOSSERT I’m middle-aged. I am tempted by so many things in this phase of life. That surprises me a little. I think about getting a neck lift to… Read More
Feast of Corpus Christi fosters faith in the Real Presence
The feast we celebrate this Sunday – Corpus Christi, or the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – is an ancient one, originating in 1264. The… Read More
Living for God helps us persevere in prayer
Last issue, we returned to my series on prayer in the Catechism, focusing on fighting the temptations that would keep us from establishing a prayer habit. Today we’ll look at… Read More
Christians wield a different kind of strength
In the first centuries of Christianity, the church suffered continual persecution as both the Jewish and Roman authorities tried to suppress the preaching of the apostles and the very name… Read More

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